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Over 5,000 Spartans to walk the stage this weekend


More than 5,000 Spartans will cross the stage to graduate in the fall commencement ceremony today and this weekend (Dec 16 and 17).


You can send a special message to your special graduate here and it may show up on the big screen!


At commencement, there will be a couple of distinguished, noteworthy professionals to address the graduating class.


“This semester’s guest speakers are leading experts in their fields,” said MSU Interim President Teresa K. Woodruff, Ph.D. “Their stories of determination and success will inspire graduating Spartans as they venture forward to make their impact on our community and the world.”


MSU TODAY writes:


William C. Clark, a notable scholar in sustainability science, and Marta Tienda, an MSU alum and sociology professor emerita at Princeton University, will kick off the graduation season at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 16. Clark will address doctoral, master’s and educational specialist degree recipients, and both speakers will receive honorary doctoral degrees in science.

Two separate ceremonies will take place on Dec. 17 to honor baccalaureate degree recipients. At 10 a.m., Okhee Lee-Salwen, MSU alum and scholar whose work on STEM and language learning is used in schools across the U.S., will address graduating students from the colleges of Arts and Letters, Business, Education, Music, Social Science, James Madison College and the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities. She will receive an honorary doctoral degree in humanities.

At 2 p.m., Lt. Gen. Terry Gabreski, former commander in the U.S. Air Force, and Elizabeth Phillips, renowned scholar in mathematics education, will conclude university commencement ceremonies. Gabreski will address graduating students from the colleges of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Communication Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Natural Science, Nursing and Lyman Briggs College. She will receive an honorary doctoral degree in engineering, and Phillips an honorary doctoral degree in science.

All commencement ceremonies will be held on campus in the Breslin center, 534 Birch Road. The events will be live-streamed. Twitter users are welcomed to follow them using #spartanswill.

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